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Reuters: Turkey resolution unlikely before Nato summit

Finnish and Swedish delegations returned home from Ankara on Friday following the conclusion of talks concerning Turkey's objections to the two Nordic countries joining Nato.

Turkey has been a member of the Nato alliance since 1952. Image: Benoit Doppagne / EPA

Negotiations between Finnish, Swedish and Turkish officials aimed at resolving Turkey's objections to the two Nordic nations joining Nato are unlikely to be concluded before a key Nato summit next month, according to a report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) by news agency Reuters.

The talks, which began on Wednesday and ended on Friday, have made little progress and no date has yet been agreed for their resumption, Reuters said.

According to one source, Turkey may still oppose Finnish and Swedish membership of the alliance when Nato holds a summit in the Spanish capital Madrid on 29 and 30 June.

Finland and Sweden simultaneously submitted applications to join the alliance last week, but Turkey has blocked the initial process towards accession and has issued a list of demands that it says must be met before talks can proceed.

The list of demands includes references to members of the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the YPG, which Turkey has designated as terrorist organisations, and noted their alleged protection in Finland and Sweden.

Associated Press reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Finland and Sweden must now take "concrete steps" towards addressing Turkey's security concerns as their delegates returned home following the talks in Ankara.

"We understand Finland and Sweden’s security concerns but ... everyone also needs to understand Turkey’s legitimate security concerns," Cavusoglu said.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed to Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdoğan the importance of respecting the sovereign decisions of Finland and Sweden resulting from a democratic process.